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We invite you to enjoy these wildlife images and videos that have been sent to us by members and friends from throughout our region. Scroll down to see our Latest Sightings.

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Latest Sightings:

Monarch caterpillar in Northborough

August 1, 2019

A monarch caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A monarch caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this monarch caterpillar in Northborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

July 30, 2019

A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron, mallards, a mute swan, a ring-billed gull, and a spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Nature at Farm Pond in Framingham

July 28, 2019

A great black wasp at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great black wasp at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great black wasp at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great black wasp at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan and a dragonfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan and a dragonfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great black wasp, mallards, monarch butterflies, and a mute swan with a dragonfly on its head at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Green Frog in Sudbury

July 27, 2019

A green frog in Sudbury, photographed by Robert Buchanan.
A green frog in Sudbury, photographed by Robert Buchanan.

Robert Buchanan photographed this green frog in Sudbury.

Nature at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

July 26, 2019

A white-tailed deer at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A white-tailed deer at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A great blue heron at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A great blue heron at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A viceroy butterfly at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A viceroy butterfly at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A bank swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A bank swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.

Christine Goddard photographed a white-tailed deer, a great blue heron, a viceroy, and a bank swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

Birds in Hopkinton

July 25, 2019

A belted kingfisher at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A belted kingfisher at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Eastern kingbirds at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Eastern kingbirds at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey and a turkey vulture at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey and a turkey vulture at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a belted kingfisher, eastern kingbirds, ospreys, and a turkey vulture at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton.

Nature in Boylston

July 25, 2019

An American bullfrog at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American bullfrog at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American bullfrog at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American bullfrog at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bumble bee at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bumble bee at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray catbird at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray catbird at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
Monarch butterflies at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
Monarch butterflies at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American bullfrogs, a bumble bee, a gray catbird, monarch butterflies, and a painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

Nature in Southborough

July 25, 2019

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pearl crescent butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pearl crescent butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, an eastern bluebird, a pearl crescent butterfly, and two ruby-throated hummingbirds at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Rabbits in Framingham

July 25, 2019

Lise Boh recorded this video of cotton-tailed rabbits in Framingham.

Crayfish in Sudbury

July 23, 2019

A crayfish at Davis Field in Sudbury, photographed by Nancy Bond.
A crayfish at Davis Field in Sudbury, photographed by Nancy Bond.
A crayfish at Davis Field in Sudbury, photographed by Nancy Bond.
A crayfish at Davis Field in Sudbury, photographed by Nancy Bond.
A crayfish at Davis Field in Sudbury, photographed by Nancy Bond.
A crayfish at Davis Field in Sudbury, photographed by Nancy Bond.

Nancy Bond photographed this crayfish at Davis Field in Sudbury.

Gray Squirrel, Mute Swans, and a Song Sparrow at Farm Pond in Framingham

July 23, 2019

A gray Squirrel at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray Squirrel at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray Squirrel at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray Squirrel at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a gray squirrel, mute swans, and a song sparrow at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Nature in Southborough

July 23, 2019

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A viceroy butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A viceroy butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A viceroy butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A viceroy butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A viceroy butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A viceroy butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a ruby-throated hummingbird, and a viceroy butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Insects in Lincoln

July 20, 2019

A bicolored striped-sweat bee in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A bicolored striped-sweat bee in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A bumble bee in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A bumble bee in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A monarch butterfly and a banded longhorn beetle in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A monarch butterfly and a banded longhorn beetle in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Lincoln, photographed by Norm Levey.

Norm Levey photographed a bicolored striped-sweat bee, a bumble bee, a monarch butterfly with a banded longhorn beetle, and a hummingbird clearwing moth in Lincoln.

Pileated Woodpeckers in Maynard

July 20, 2019

A pileated woodpecker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A pileated woodpecker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A pileated woodpecker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A pileated woodpecker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A pileated woodpecker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A pileated woodpecker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Pileated woodpeckers in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Pileated woodpeckers in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed these pileated woodpeckers in Maynard.

Green Frog at SVT's Wolbach Farm

July 18, 2019

A green frog at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Penny Bevan.
A green frog at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Penny Bevan.

Penny Bevan photographed this green frog at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury.

Common Whitetail in Littleton

July 16, 2019

A common whitetail dragonfly in Littleton, photographed by Jane Chrisfield.
A common whitetail dragonfly in Littleton, photographed by Jane Chrisfield.

Jane Chrisfield photographed this common whitetail dragonfly in Littleton.

Coyote in Wayland

July 16, 2019

A coyote in Wayland, photographed by Joyce Kulhawik.
A coyote in Wayland, photographed by Joyce Kulhawik.

Joyce Kulhawik photographed this coyote in Wayland.

Eastern Pondhawk in Northborough

July 15, 2019

An eastern pondhawk in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
An eastern pondhawk in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this eastern pondhawk in Northborough.

Monarchs at Farm Pond in Framingham

July 15, 2019

Monarch butterflies mating near Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Monarch butterflies mating near Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this pair of mating monarch butterflies at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Black Swallowtail in Boylston

July 14, 2019

A black swallowtail at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A black swallowtail at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this black swallowtail butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

Blue Dasher in Northborough

July 13, 2019

A blue dasher in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A blue dasher in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this blue dasher in Northborough.

Monarch Butterfly in Framingham

July 12, 2019

Lise Boh recorded this video of a monarch butterfly on milkweed in her Framingham garden.

Cotton-tailed Rabbit in Natick

July 11, 2019

A cotton-tailed rabbit in Natick, photographed by Michael Sanders.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Natick, photographed by Michael Sanders.

Michael Sanders photographed this cotton-tailed rabbit in Natick.

Turkey families in Framingham

July 11, 2019

A turkey in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Turkeys in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Turkeys in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed turkey families in his Framingham yard.

Blue Dasher in Wayland

July 10, 2019

A blue dasher dragonfly in Wayland, photographed by Len May.
A blue dasher dragonfly in Wayland, photographed by Len May.

Len May photographed this blue dasher in Wayland.